LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14, 2021
YARD OF BLONDES band portraits in Laurel Canyon.
Vincent Jacob, vocals, guitar. - french
Fanny Hulard, keys, vocal. - french
Burak Yerebakan, guitar. - Turkish
Forest Mitchell, drums. - American
Photos by Victoria Smith
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start the band?
I guess it was other bands in the first place. When you grow up listening to music and you become a fan, for some people, you fall in love with this way of expressing yourself and next thing you know, you’re with your guitar and already writing your first song with the first two chords you learned. For this particular project, it all started around Vincent’s songs. He moved to Los Angeles from France with the idea of creating a new band and when he arrived, he met Fanny, also coming from France and they started the band together.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
Vincent is the main composer, vocalist and guitar player of the band. He had various bands in France before coming to US and he had an experience of touring He started Yard Of Blondes with Fanny, as a folky duet. She also had previous experience with her own punk project and as an organist (she won the European championship when she was a kid!). Fanny and Vincent got bored to play as a duet after a while and they looked to form a full band to get things heavier. After a couple of line up changes, Forrest joined the band on drums, he just graduated from the LA Music Institute. Soon, Burak joined the band to give the last layer we needed to create our sound. Burak comes from Turkey where he was a professional guitar play for the national sensation Model. He’s a seasoned guitar player and a great sound engineer. He runs the Wakeful room in LA, his recording studio.
It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you guys managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?
We actually took this time to create a music collective and a podcast. We took some time to reflect at the beginning of the pandemic and realised we felt pretty alone as a band in LA. All the show we played in town looked the same. We were put on bills with random bands and we created no bond with the bands and their fans. It’s a harsh reality in big cities. The competition is too harsh and no one benefits from it. Bands are isolated and venues just fill in the slots, not curating anymore. So we are trying to change that and we have created our first tool to change the things. Hanging On Sunset is a podcast where we meet other bands and actors of the LA music scene. Together, we’re starting a conversation about the state of the scene but the ultimate goal is to unite and rebuild a scene. We have realised about 17 episodes and we are making a lot of new friends. I can’t wait for everything to reopen so we can organise events together! The best part of this is we have attracted all sorts of people with this action and a lot of great things are in the books.
How positive are you feeling now restrictions are loosening?
We can’t wait to be passed this situation and be able to play our music on stage. Now that we are finally releasing the record, we’re going to be able to play a few shows and hopefully we’ll be booking a tour for next year soon. We start to feel very much alive again. At least in LA, things are going back to normal. You know it because the traffic is back to normal, meaning it’s crazy again, a thing we didn’t miss. haha
Joke aside, we’re happy people can reclaim their life and move on.
How did you hear about RGM in LA?
We found you through our PR agent to be totally honest!
We hear LA is having a rough time coming out of lockdown, hows it at the moment?
Right now, things look really good here. Ever since massive vaccination started, things have been gradually better and we’re actually in a really good place now regarding numbers and restrictions. Playing our first show in a year and a half next Thursday, and we just can’t wait!
How much are you looking forward to playing live?
It’s going to be special because it will be our first show in a while but also because we’re going to play with, Silence of You, a band we met during the pandemic through the podcast and Team Nowhere, our collective. Plus, it’s going to be our release party so you can imagine how excited we are!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Not really our type. We believe in Science and are fierce advocates of a rationalist thinking.
If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?
If they remember enough they want to hit on repeat, it means we won. Our goal is to create a lasting impact on the people who listen to us and we’re giving everything we have when we play and we put all of our guts in our music. We want people to remember are real.
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
Vincent is great at impersonating one former French president.
Fanny can touch her nose with her tongue.
Forrest is so tall he can eat on Vincent’s head.
Burak is great at fortune telling with coffee.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
One of our favourite show was at the Troubadour. It’s such an iconic stage that you have all these ghosts coming to your mind. Much history happened right here on that stage, it’s electrifying! Plus, the venue was packed and we had a great time!
What was the worst experience on stage?
I guess our worst experience happened when we played a show in Silverlake at the beginning and we were more on stage than in the actual venue. haha
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Vincent is completing a Phd in philosophy
Fanny was a babysitter for Bono’s kids when she was a teenager.
Forrest owns a weed farm in Northern California
Burak has a lot of fan tweeter accounts (because he was so huge in Turkey with his band Model) and you can find treasures on those, like secret pictures of him as a kid. haha
Who is the biggest named band you have played with?
We had the pleasure to share the stage with Will Haven and Alain Johannes.
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)
Drummer: Dave Grohl
Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Vocals: John Lennon
Whats your biggest achievement as a band?
Our debut album « Feed The Moon » is our biggest achievement. It’s represents 10 years of hard work, life, sweats, struggles, joy and tears and it’s the most beautiful baby. Now we can’t wait for everybody to listen to it!
What makes you stand out as a band?
I think we’re pretty unique because of our background ! We come from different places, with different life experiences and we try to deliver the most honest music we can, that’s it. Our music is hard to put in a category of rock because of our many influences and yet, I hope we have a strong identity of our own.
Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂
I guess we kind of think the world as we know it is doomed. Profit is still the principle running this world and it comes at an expense. I don’t think we can redeem ourselves and turn back to a simpler life because the forces dominating this world don’t care for the future, they just care about immediate growth. At our level, what we can do is try to be a catalyser of the fears and frustrations and try to transform that into art and try to bond with fellow humans with the help of music.
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?
We had a laugh at last rehearsal
Tell me about your new album and how it came about?
This is our debut album and it’s an album of the night. That’s why it’s called Feed The Moon. We fed the moon and the night with our anxieties and this is the album we got in return. We worked every song with Billy Graziadei, rewriting and rearranging it until we were happy with the results. Michael Patterson (Nine Inch Nails) got to mix it and Maor Applebaum (Faith no more) did the mastering. We were fortunate enough to get some of the best people in the game to work with us and we’re proud!
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
Teenage Dreams is the focus track of the album. This song is about not losing our focus from the passion that got us playing music in the first place when we were teenagers. In general, it’s about to giving up our dreams and still do everything we can to make it happen. Musically, this song is my favorite of the record, it has all that I crave for this band, intensity, melody and power, at least I hope.
How was the recording process given the various restrictions the USA has been under of late?
Fortunately we got done before the pandemic happened. But of course, that’s also why we are just releasing it. We had to delay the record but now we can’t wait anymore.
What are your plans for the year ahead ?
Now it’s time to perform this record everywhere! I hope we can schedule tours starting soon. Hopefully by 2022 we’ll have precise plans.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Love each other.
Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.